For those looking for a surreal, immersive art experience, the United Visual Artists (UVA) studio has created an art installation in The Curve gallery. Situated in the Barbican Centre, Momentum runs until June and gives visitors the chance to ‘travel’ through light and sound. Momentum is a ‘carefully choreographed sequence of light, sound and movement’. The installation uses 12 pendulums which activate light and sound. I visited on a Sunday afternoon and only had to wait a few minutes before going in. As you walk in The Curve, it’s dark at first. As you follow the curve of the wall and your eyes adjust to the darkness, the lights suspended from the ceiling come into view and move in different patterns. You can slowly follow the lights as the sequences change pattern or you can sit on the floor. We only spent about 15 minutes in The Curve, but found the experience calming, but surreal. The lights and sound combined gave somewhat of a sci-fi atmosphere. If you want to escape the chaos of London and step into another world, then check out Momentum while it’s on.
- United Visual Artists: Momentum runs until 1 June 2014. The Curve, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS. Nearest tube: Barbican or Moorgate. Free admission. Be prepared for possible queues at peak times. For more information, visit the Barbican website.
For a guide to what else is on in London this month, click here.
For Metro Girl’s post on the Rain Room, a previous art installation at The Curve, click here.